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Dozens clamour to be Kyrgyzstan's leader

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Dozens clamour to be Kyrgyzstan's leader


Politics are popular in Kyrgyzstan where 83 people have tried to register to run for president.

Election officials now have to see who of those wannabe leaders is eligible to run in the October 30 presidential election. The applicants include 67 independent candidates.

Many are likely to fall foul of requirements to present at least 30,000 signatures, make a deposit worth around 1,500 euros and pass a Kyrgyz language test in the former Soviet state where Russian is still the first language for many.

The poll is the culmination of constitutional reforms introduced after the revolution that overthrew President Kurmanbek Bakiyev in April 2010.

There are fears the election could expose divisions between the north and south of the culturally and ethnically divided volatile Central Asian state.

Kyrgyzstan is attempting to entrench the first parliamentary democracy in a region otherwise run by presidential strongmen.

The new model of government makes parliament the main decision-making body and gives the prime minister more power than the president in the impoverished nation of 5.4 million, which hosts both Russian and US military air bases.

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